Whole Foods Market, Inc. – 2013 50 Out Front for Diversity Leadership


Whole Foods Market, Inc. #41

Austin, TX
73,000 employees
Co-CEOs: John Mackey and Walter Robb
CDE: Ashley Hawkins

Diversity Mission: Our success is dependent on the collective energy and intelligence of all of our team members. We strive to create a work environment where motivated team members can flourish and succeed to their highest potential. We appreciate effort and reward results.

At Whole Foods Market, women represent 44 percent of the workforce, and minorities also represent 44 percent. The company also provides domestic-partner benefits to same-sex couples. Whole Foods also uses its employees’ talents to improve company operations. Self-directed work teams make many of the decisions in the day-to-day operations of the different stores. The company offers training programs and resources to its associates, including an online site called “Whole Foods University” that provides educational information for employees.